Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Alperin Law Story


ALPERIN LAW

Planning for the future made simple

by John Forte


Scott Alperin, Founder

Scott Alperin, Founder

Estate and financial planning doesn’t have to leave one feeling apprehensive. “I like helping people make plans,” Scott Alperin, founder of Alperin Law, says. “Everyone has different needs at different stages of their lives, and I want to provide a holistic experience that coordinates their financial, tax and legal needs all in one place.” 

Manning the reception area is Scott’s retired father, Calvin Alperin. At 78, he is fit, engaging and disarming. He has worked with Scott’s law firm for roughly 15 years after a career with the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. “I’m so proud of him,” Calvin emphasizes.


“Everyone has different needs
 at different stages of their lives,
and I want to provide a holistic experience
that coordinates their financial, tax
 and legal needs all in one place.” 

—Scott Alperin, Founder


It’s all about taking care of family at Alperin Law, from estate and legacy planning, to elder and special needs law, to handling veteran benefits. Scott explains, “There are really three parts to one’s estate planning: the legal part that the attorney does, the financial part that the financial advisor takes care of, and the tax component that a CPA would handle.”

Scott takes a team approach to dealing with clients’ estates, working hand in hand with their financial planners and CPAs. “It really is better for the client since they can have all their issues resolved in a concerted effort,” Scott points out. Usually it is Scott who quarterbacks the coordination, along with the recommendations from his clients’ financial advisors and CPAs.

So just what is an estate? In very basic terms, it’s a person’s assets, including property. Scott’s job is to start with the foundational estate plan and then build on it with other services like asset protection planning and long term care planning. The evolution of how Scott helps a client is almost a schematic of life, from work to retirement.


“It’s never too late;
recently a couple
who were both 101 years old
came to my office for help
with their estate plan!”

—Scott Alperin, Founder


There are almost 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and their financial lives need tending to -  on many levels.   

It’s common that people don’t have a relationship with a financial advisor and often wait to deal with their estate. But according to Scott, estate planning should start at an early age. Everyone needs to think of their future. Scott smiles, “But it’s never too late; recently a couple who were both 101 years old came to my office for help with their estate plan!”

Scott thrives on establishing relationships with his customers. Clients recommend him to other people quite often. Calvin describes Scott with affection, and beams with pride that his son handles things smoothly and professionally, and is also a kind person.

Scott is a Norfolk native, and a graduate of Norfolk Academy. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate studies and then was off to the University of Baltimore Law School, graduating magna cum laude. Some of the professors there took him under their wing as they helped him earn internships with federal judges. He even clerked for an appellate judge at the state level after law school. Scott says, “It was a great experience and a great education.”

Soon after law school, he married his wife, Lori, who is now a dentist. They have two children, Noah, 16, and Zoey, 14 years old. Noah is a diehard Red Sox fan. When he was 12, he  started an Instagram account called Everything Red Sox. Soon he had nearly 20,000 followers! A professional sports marketing company approached him to buy his Instagram account and to keep him on, writing articles about the team on a monthly basis. A business proposition like that required the skills of a lawyer, and Scott proudly helped his son negotiate the sale.


The evolution
of how Scott helps a client
is almost a schematic of life,
from work to retirement.


Scott’s focus in life all seems to go back to taking care of people. Early in his career he worked on zoning laws and land development, but he felt there were other client needs that should be addressed. Scott reflects, “Over the years, I realized that my developer clients needed estate planning as well as business law advice, which is the other area of my practice. I can help with the sale or purchase of a business, estate planning, elder law, business law, real estate and tax deferred exchanges.” 

Scott enjoys connecting with people, especially hosting live seminars. There he disseminates information and answers any questions people may have about estate planning, wills and elder law needs. Two seminars are scheduled at the Virginia Beach Central Library on August 8 at 2 p.m. and on August 23 at 6 p.m. On August 28 at 2 p.m. a seminar will be held at the Greenbrier Country Club. Please go to www.AlperinLaw.com to register.

Scott also likes just reaching out to clients to let them know what has changed within the law and how it may affect them. As a courtesy, Scott goes over the changes and updates his clients’ plans as needed.

“It’s all about the clients; that’s why I want to coordinate with other experts to give them the best possible experience,” Scott affirms. For him, it all centers around family values and the importance of helping each other, which his father personifies. It was Calvin who volunteered to answer the phone and help with office needs when Scott first opened his office. Scott remarks, “It’s good to have him here. Not only do I get to see him often, but he loves our clients, and our clients love him.” As Calvin stops to say goodbye, Scott promises to bring him some of the fish that he caught on a recent fishing trip. “He really is a caring person,” Calvin says with pride. And apparently a darned good fisherman.




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